Monday, May 18, 2015

The Cokeville Miracle Movie Review

I was invited to a screening of The Cokeville Miracle and I wasn't really sure what to expect. The movie description sounded pretty intense so I was intrigued.

"From T.C. Christensen comes The Cokeville Miracle, the remarkable true story of a town facing a terrible tragedy, and the Sheriff’s investigator who struggles with his faith as he gathers evidence that defies easy explanation. ... Cokeville Wyoming, a town of just over 500 people that sits near the Utah-Idaho border, is not known for much beyond it’s strong family values, but in 1986 Cokeville made national headlines when a madman and his wife entered the elementary school with guns and bomb. They gathered over 100 children and teachers into a small room, and made a demand: $200 million dollars for the lives of the children—but then the bomb went off…"

Here is the movie trailer so you really get the feel for what I  mean:

The first half of the movie was incredibly suspenseful.  I was on the edge of my seat the entire time, hoping the teachers would sense something was wrong, that someone would stop what was happening.  I didn't cry, though, until the phone calls started going out to the parents about what was happening to their children at the school since that would be my worst nightmare as a mother.

The second half of the movie was so emotional and touching.  This movie has a message that everyone should see and hear.  At my screening there were three survivors in attendance and it definitely brought a whole new dimension to my thoughts on what happened in Cokeville when I saw and heard what they personally had survived.

The Cokeville Miracle will be released nationwide on June 5th and it should be on your must-see movie list.  It's one you'll think about long after you've left the theater.

Click here for the official Cokeville Miracle webpage with more links and information on the movie.


Debra Erfert said...

I remember hearing about it a long time ago. My son was just a baby, then, and I couldn't imagine that nightmare. Of course the news did not report the miraculous events that happened. I hope it comes to our theater. I want to see it.

Julie Coulter Bellon said...

I think you'll love it, Debra. I'm interested to hear what you think!